1. Vibrant & Versatile Runners | SHOP Our Selection!

    An amazing addition to your personal home decor may not be fresh from the pages of your favorite retailer’s catalog…but instead could be a bit hard to find, decades-old, one-of-a-kind, and saturated with colors that don’t appear anywhere in your house!  Any guesses?

    If “vintage Persian rug runners” was on the tip of your tongue, great answer!  Today we want to spotlight the versatility, durability, originality, and beauty of these classic rugs.  We are excited to announce we have a great selection available in our showroom, with descriptions and photos below!

    The stunning salmon and navy handmade Persian runner in our Russell Residence project spurred today’s blog post.  Here is a picture of our client’s formal entry:


    Persian Runner


    {a bold focal point in the Russell Residence}


    The neutral, refined foyer gains warmth and energy from the deep hues of the rug that simultaneously lure a visitor further in.

    The durability of these handmade wool rugs allows for versatility in placement.  Oriental and Persian rugs tend to be associated with formal spaces and yet a space as rugged as a mudroom could even be considered to include a runner.  Below is a laundry & mudroom shot from the Willow Street project, boasting a vibrant geometric runner that pops against the subdued green cabinets.  Deep colors are forgiving for the heavy foot traffic of a family on the go.


    Marker Laundry


    {model mudroom}


    Here is close-up, displaying shades of deep pink and petite shapes of minty green, violet, and orange among others.  Clearly this pup is impressed by the diamond motif detail.


    Vintage Mudroom Runner


    {dazzling diamond motif}


    Layering with a natural fiber rug such as the jute one seen here is also an approach that contrasts bold colors with neutral colors and wool’s smooth texture with typically rougher organic textures.  Our friend Bowie gravitates towards pinks.


    Mud Room Maggie's dog



    Despite the strong colors and designs, Persian rugs tend to blend well with other decor, however modern or traditional.  A Persian runner is seen here piled with pillows that have a modern linear design.


    Kelly Wearstler pillow runner



    A few of our favorite rug styles for these vibrant runners are named after regions and cities in Persia,  specifically Hamadan and Azerbaijan.  The geographic locations of these two areas determine the quality of the wool and dye colors available due to the vegetables that thrive in each respective place and the diet of the sheep.  Now both located in modern day Iran, Azerbaijan is the further north region of the two and thus known for oiler, denser lamb’s wool and rich vegetation that provides a broad range of colors for the vegetable dyes used in the rug making process.  Hamadan is a slightly looser wool weave and uses more consistent colors.   Both the Hamadan and Azerbaijani patterns tend to be mostly geometrical, contributing to a look that is relevant in today’s design trends.  Floral motifs are also prevalent.   These rugs have been handmade using mostly vegetable and chromic dye processes that stand the test of time.


    – Shop our curated selection –

    Below we have a hand-picked a selection of runners in our showroom.  All are unique in size, pattern, and colors, and handmade.  Please contact or call us at 224-848-4322 to purchase!  We can ship anywhere in the U.S.!



    3’4” x 13’1″

    A sophisticated Azerbaijani stunner dating back to 1965-1975 with deep salmons, inky blues, and soft cream in an eye-catching geometric pattern, called Kazak.


    2’5” x 3’10”
    A flatweave geometric pattern in reds, blues, creams, and a touch of orange adds a touch of interest to a smaller spot.



    3’7” x 10’4”

    This Hamadan runner deserves a second and third look as more colors and unique pairings are uncovered with each viewing.




    3’4” x 10’2”

    At an attractive 10’ length, this Azerbaijani runner reflects the timeless practice of rug-making yet is relevant for a modern world with the fun pops of aqua amidst the deep pink tones and geometric pattern.




    3’2” x 10’4”

    The stand-alone neutral different than it’s Persian counterparts, this is a Khotan pattern originating from Uzbekistan and made in Pakistan, in a soft palette of ivory, gold, and the palest silvery gray.  A piece of artwork against a dark wood floor.  Brand new.





    2’7” x 4’10”

    Rich pairing of colorfast pinks and blues standing the test of time and showing it’s Hamadan history, dating to 1920-1930.




    3’4” x 15’5”

    A bold statement, this Hamadan runner has colors of teal, bubblegum pink, orange, navy and royal blue dancing amongst the strong red.




    2’7” x 6’7”

    Predominantly raspberry color featuring a dense botanical pattern with rich pops of color in light, royal and navy blues, mint green and kelly green, rich brown, soft gold, warm pink.  Less geometric and more floral, this Persian runner’s style originates from Lilihan, a city in Iran and is the highest quality runner.  This is around 100 years old, dating to 1910-1920.


    Not finding that perfect fit for your home?  If these selections do not suit your space in terms of size or color palette, we will gladly work with you to find the right match!


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